Interior Decoration
Program Overview

Become an Interior Decorator with training through Fortune Business Institute in partnership with Penn Foster Career School International.

Develop your natural talent for interior design with our Interior Decorator Program and work for homebuilders, retailers, hotels, corporate clients, or even start your own business. It's convenient, affordable, and accredited.
You'll learn to:
Determine your client's needs and priorities.
Use the elements and principles of design and color.
Choose the best treatments for floors, walls, and windows.
Start and operate your own business as an Interior Decorator.
Become Certified!

Graduates of the Interior Decorator Program will receive a free six-month Professional Membership in Certified Interior Decorators International, Inc. (C.I.D.) upon successful completion of the certification exam. Membership in C.I.D. allows graduates to be recognized as trained professionals with C.I.D. designation and credentials.
Respected and Accredited

You'll earn your Interior Decorator Career Diploma from Regionally and Nationally Accredited Penn Foster Career School International. Over 13 million students have enrolled in our training programs, making Penn Foster one of the world's largest and most respected distance learning institutions. Classroom training Option is available.
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All the books, lessons, equipment, and learning aids you need
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Access to student services by website, phone, and mail
Program Outline
Instruction Sets

Your at-home learning program includes seven Instruction Sets designed to take you step-by-step through the techniques and skills you’ll employ in your new career in Interior Decorating. Your first Instruction Set will be sent to you as your enrollment has been accepted. Other Instruction Sets will follow as you complete your exams, so that you will always have training materials to work with.
Computer Specifications

You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer (or Mac equivalent) and high-speed Internet in order to complete your program with Penn Foster.
Here is an overview of what you'll learn and the order in which you'll receive your lessons:
Instruction Set 1
Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home, types of study materials, types of examinations, accessing and using the features of our website, determining what kind of learner you are, establishing a study schedule, using study tips, preparing for and taking examinations.

Decorating Today

The history of interior decorating; meeting and interviewing clients; characteristics of a successful interior decorator; employment opportunities.
Instruction Set 2
Meeting Your Client's Needs

Determining your client's needs, preferences, goals, and budget priorities; developing a decorating plan, including measurements and room graphs to scale.

The Elements and Principles of Design

Identifying the elements of design: line, form, color and value, texture, pattern, light, and space. The principles of design: balance, proportion, and scale; emphasis and unity.
Instruction Set 3
The Principles of Color

The properties of color; how to use color in interior decorating; planning a color scheme; using the color wheel.

Identifying Furniture Styles and Periods

Exploring different furniture styles - Traditional, Provincial, Contemporary, Modern - from the 17th to the 20th century; identifying styles and integrating each into your rooms.

Decorating with Furniture

Arranging rooms according to function and use; creating the best traffic patterns; positioning furniture on a floor plan; recognizing quality workmanship and construction in furniture.
Instruction Set 4

Importance of floors in room decor; carpeting; rugs; wood floors; durable floors; how to select the appropriate floor treatment; measuring, scaling, and using a floor plan.


How to treat walls in decorating; wall coverings, including wallpaper, paint, mirrors, paneling, and tile; drawing scaled elevations.


Different types of windows; planning and choosing window treatments - curtains, draperies, shades, and blinds; window treatments for special situations; measuring for window treatments; drawing windows on elevations.

Decorating from Building Plans

Identifying decorating problems when reading blueprints; types of housing plans; evaluating house plan layouts; discussing specific decorating problems and solutions, room by room.
Instruction Set 5

Using natural and synthetic fabrics: silk, wool, cotton, linen, special fibers; identifying weaves; selecting the right fabric texture.

Lighting and Accessories

The three types of lighting; lighting and the color scheme; making use of lamps and lighting fixtures in decorating; using wall and table accessories; tips for arranging accessory groupings.

Special Purpose Rooms

Planning home offices, home fitness centers, and home theaters; selecting furniture based on anthropometric and ergonomic principles; coordinating floors, walls, upholstery, equipment, and lighting for these three types of special purpose rooms.
Instruction Set 6
The Skills and Methods of Selling

Qualifying a client; how to "approach" a customer; how to present merchandise; developing a follow-up system; how to prospect for clients.

Starting Your Own Business

Residential and contract decorating; developing a design program; working with clients, subcontractors, trades people, custom fabricators, and suppliers; advertising, charging clients, and getting paid; keeping financial records.
Instruction Set 7
Final Examination

Graded Project: Decorating a Living Room

Upon Graduation You'll Receive:

Paid six-month Certified Interior Decorator (C.I.D.) professional membership upon successful completion of certification exam.

Note: Your C.I.D. Membership information will be sent when all program requirements and obligations have been met.

Online Library and Librarian

Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

C.I.D. is a registered trademark in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
Your New Career

Opportunities for trained Interior Decorators are department and furniture stores, design firms, hotel and restaurant chains, and more. Home builders with new homes to sell all offer opportunities for interior decorators to work their magic and make excellent salaries. Imagine using your own creativity and sense of style to earn great money in a career you truly enjoy.

Interior Decorators can also enjoy the independence and flexibility of operating their own businesses. They take on the jobs they want and plan their own schedules. They set their own fees and keep the profits to invest in their business or spend as they see fit. You too can enjoy career independence when you choose this exciting career!

Your New Skills

Learn the skills you need to begin a career in interior design by completing the Interior Decorator training program at home.
You'll learn every important part of being an Interior Decorator.
You'll learn to analyze your clients' preferences, needs, goals, and budgets to develop a decorating proposal.
You'll learn to design with furniture, arranging rooms according to function and use.
You will understand how to plan a color scheme and the importance of lighting.
You'll discover how to select the appropriate floor and window treatments for your projects.
You'll also learn the skills and methods of successful selling.
Your New Diploma

Earn your Interior Decorator Career Diploma at home in as little as six months by studying just an hour a day for your new career. Expert instructors and support staff – dedicated to helping you complete your coursework – will be just a phone call or an email away.
Fortune Business Institute has partnered with Penn Foster Career School International. Penn Foster Career School is accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-662-5603

Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-662-5603

Penn Foster Career School has met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), Washington, D.C., and is a fully accredited member. The DETC is a voluntary association of accredited home study schools, which was founded in 1926 to promote sound educational standards and ethical business practices within the home study field.
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